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Word Games

Answers at the bottom of the page 

Pairs

 

As Will Shorts pointed out that we are advised (even by our computers) not to use the same word twice in a row. But sometimes that is called for.

For example: I need to wash wash this afternoon.

 

Can you figure out what word could be used in both blanks in these sentences?

 

1.The car limped into the station with a very ______  ______.

2. The ______  ______ is lovely, but I prefer the golden floribunda.

3. She gets the oil hot enough before she ______  ______.

4. The soccer league called their fund-raising dance a ______  ______.

5. Do you get a ______  ______ or learn the news electronically?

6. The columnist called his regular news column about NASA  the ______  ______.

7. The co-workers bet on the billiards tournament and called it a ______  ______.

8. Kale is a beautiful ______  ______.

 

I once created this sentence with five in a row: "I could see that that 'that' that that boy wrote was almost illegible." 

 

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Here are some hinky pinkies. The two words that go on a set of blanks have a two-syllable rhyme.

 

Example: This feather will tell me if the weather is windy.

 

1. This is a _______________ not a _____________________. Don't leave your rocking horse under it.

2.  I was next to the ice cream freezer _______________________ for ______________________.

3. My orange Oriental ____________________ got wilted and _______________________.

4. Here men once fought a famous ________________________. Now the meadow is home to __________________.

5. The Paddington bear is a _________________    ______________ all dressed up to meet its humans.

6. Some of us will dress up ____________________ if that will keep us from getting ___________________.

7. He got dressed so fast that he scraped his ________________ on his __________________.

8. Will we __________________ find folks _______________________ enough to solve this puzzle.

 

 

 

1/26/17

Spelling in English is anything but consistent. There are sets of four rhyming words with endings that are spelled in four different ways. I have 'capture' half a dozen. What can you find? 

 

1/17/17

 

 

A 180 in one letter!

 

We readers need to be careful because some pairs of words with a change of only one letter have opposite meanings. For example, recent news tells of a struggle between people who want to defend a program and people who want to defund it. Here are spaces for some opposite pairs. What are they? (One word is repeated and one pair doesn't even rhyme! Such is English.)

 

1. Take _ _ _ _ , instead of doing risky things.                  Take risks, I _ _ _ _  you!

2. To begin, I will _ _ _ _  over the material touching every point in the book.  

    Today we will _ _ _ _ chapter 5 and explore chapter 6.

3. As you see, doc, the _ _ _ _ _  is on my left arm, but the right arm is _ _ _ _ _.

4. The driver claimed he could _ _ _ _ over the snowy road and never _ _ _ _  into the ditch.

 

Here are some longer ones:

5. My _ _ _ _ _ _  aunt, we were so proud of, turned out to have a _ _ _ _ _ _  youth after all.

6. The people on one side of the street came to _ _ _ _ _ _   against the law. The people on the other side love the law and want to _ _ _ _ _ _  it.

 

Did you find any words you think came from the same root?

 

 

1/4/17

Let's have some more hinky pinkies.

The answer to each of these questions is two rhyming words such as a home repairman called Handy Andy.

 

  1. What might you call a large spyglass?
  2. Why did the Methodists get out of church sooner than the Presbyterians?
  3. What is one minor risk in cutting a Christmas tree?
  4. What might a curved blade for cutting cucumber vines be called?
  5. What is Curious George?
  6. How did the fit and happy ship captain describe himself?
  7. Why was that guy the last to finish weeding?
  8. How do you prepare some boxes for the postman to pick up?

[hints: 1. For watching people? 2. It's that staff member. 3. Okay it is seasonal. 4. An ancient tool 5. A t.v. star  6. What is a synonym for captain. 7. What tool did he use? 8. You start with empty boxes.]

 

 

12/28/16

Will Shorts, the puzzle master, was playing a game on the radio that went something like this:

            Add the same letter to each of two words.  Do not rearranging any letters. This will make two new words that make a phrase—or at least relate to each other.

Example:   adding W to oven and ear, we can have woven and wear.

            It need not be at the beginning: Adding C to magi & harm makes magic charm.

                       

Here are three sets of three. 

 

seam & rain                                    Letters R, and T will make these changes.

fist   & pat

bass & till

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_________________________________________________________________________________________

to & tons                              Letters S, G, and W will make these changes.

harp & chin

I've  & round

__________________________________________________________________________________________

sill & soil                              letters W, P, and H will make these changes.

sip & sore

sing & say

 

 

 

Many animal babies have names with short vowel sounds. Can you think of one for each?

Fawn has a broad A so it doesn't qualify, but elver and fingerling do. 

 

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Mangling a quotation can become a game.

"Old soldiers never die; they just fade away."              

 

Becomes for example

Old vintners never die; they just get deported.

 

Here are two lists to match up.

 

Old  ________________never die;                      they just get _____________.

 

 

Electricians                                      deranged

Traffic cops                                       departed

Politicians                                         debated

Furnace men                                    defiled

Mustangs                                           devoted

Fishermen                                         divested                    

Hairdressers                                     deducted

Office assistants                               defined

Tailors                                               debunked

Camp counselors                             detoured

Podiatrists                                        delighted

Travel guides                                    defeated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do these cities have in common? Checking a map is recommended.

 

Seattle

Coeur d'Alene

Provo

Duluth

New Orleans 

Chicago

Cleveland

Buffalo

Rochester

 

Four Letters Reused

 

Each pair of definitions is for two words with the same four letters. 

For example:   The rubber that meets the road.

                          A theater seating level.

                                           Tire and tier

 

Here are seven for you:

1.        The button on the screen for launching a message.

            Good places to hibernate.

 

2.        A dish of meat, gravy, and vegetables.

            The Pacific coast.

 

3.        A cloth that was not woven.

            When something is not taken along.

 

4.        Shaped like an LP.

            To slide on a slippery spot.

 

5.        'Manmade' salt water.

            To decide on the value of something.

 

6.        What you probably see around a castle.

            What is everywhere but to small to see at all.

 

7.        A place to store papers.

            The experience that starts with birth.

 

                                          hints: 2. direction  3. good cloth for hats 5. natural liquid 6. to protect it 7. or cumputer stored batch   

 

Between the name of the category and the example listed, there is at least one other member of the category. What can you think of?

Between Hogwarts and Filch, I found nine human characters, including Harry Potter himself,  and two birds.

 

Here are some categories:

Fish                                        Dances                                         Denominations

gar                                         gavotte                                          Baptist

 

Drinks                                   Reptiles                                         European Countries

gin                                         water moccasin                            Holland

 

*        *             *         *

What word goes with all five of these? Either word may come first.

 

1.

Duct

Fresh

Mattress

Line

Quality

 

2.

News

Plate

Crepe

Wall

doll

+++++++++++++                                                                   +++++++++++++++++

Here are definitions for some hink-pinks:

1.What does the U.S. post office deliver?

Maybe this would be a good color for writing an invitation to a baby shower.

What will the pastry become if it sits out too long?

What would hundred excellent marching musicians be?

For the event, what does each graduate wear?

Surely golfers enjoy scanning one of these.

What might a very messy hike be?

 

How about some hinky-pinkies?

What kind of pal do you have after one of those messy hikes?

You might have to even up the legs on a piece of furniture to get one.

What  would a street fight need to be to avoid police notice?

A table knife that is useless on meat must be one of these.

What is the account of a battle sure to be?

 

 

 

How many?    A couple of these could use a bit of reorganizing.

Mix

Live

exit

Vole

Vivid

Claxon

Civil

 

 

 

 

10/3/16

 

ROFL  came along with social media. But we have been using initial letters to represent words for centuries. There was a radio ad in the 1940's LSMFT which stood for 'lucky strike means fine tobacco.'  Little as I value the product, I have remembered the letters for over sixty years.  What is the oldest example you can think of? 

 

 

 

 

 

9-12

English is so weird!

 

What are some things you can take all day without adding to your load or depriving anyone else?

 

If you give one of these, the recipient may accuse you of stealing it.

 

 

 

 

Names

 

 

 

 

9/6

Because I name at least one new fictional character per book, I use Name Your Baby a lot. I want names that are unusual but based on old English.  Can you pair up these old names with their sources?

 

Demetria

Bowie

Norton

Aselma

Leona

Leland

Onawa

Wolfgang

Old Norse         divine helmet (protection)

French       lion

Native America         wide awake one

Irish Gaelic        Buidhe—yellow haired

Old German     advancing wolf

Old English       from the north estate or town

Greek  belonging to Demeter, god of fertility

French       from the meadow land

 

 

 

[based on Lareina Rule's Name Your Baby.]

 

 

9-1-16                                                                                   States

 

I  learned the states from a jig-saw puzzle. That is probably why I see these as a set. Can You?

 

Oregon

Idaho

Arkansas

Wyoming

Colorado

New Hampshire

North Dakota

Utah

Kansas

Minnesota

Tennessee

Virginia

Pennsylvania

 

7/14/16

Can you arrange these words to make a pattern of related rows both across and down?

whither        here               hither            thence           whence        there             where           hence                        thither         

Does that make an ancient Saxon arrangement? Do 'what', 'this', and 'that' also fit?

 

~         ~         ~

8/29/16                                                                                            

Invented Movie Titles

On Says You they played a game where you change just one letter in a movie title to name an imagined movie. For example an epic about capturing the sweepstakes-winning horse could be How the Best Was Won.  

What would the title be of a caper movie about a felony on a fur farm?

A woman goes to a different country to teach German diction for a production of Wagner's operatic epic.

There is adventure in becoming a chef.

What title shall we crib for a show about a large, diverse, and arrogant family. 

 

~      ~      ~

 

 

8/29/16

2. Sports List

curling, steeple chase, tug-o-war, archery, skeet shooting, wrestling, calf roping, jousting, hockey, and pitching horseshoes

~      ~      ~

8/29/16

3.  Some Contemporaries

What was the strange coincidence of Louis XI of France and Edward IV of England? If you broaden the definition, you can include James III of Scotland. 

~      ~      ~

8/29/16

5.  First Words

My home is in a suburb. Maybe this little fiction will tell you what city it is nearest.

Mom: The baby just said his first words!

Grandmother: He said 'Mama?'

Mom: No—he said, 'Go Seahawks.'

~      ~      ~

 

 

8/29/16

6.  What makes these operas a list?

Barber's Anthony and Cleopatra,

Bellini's I Capuletti Ed I Montecchi,

Vaughn Williams's Sir John in Love,

Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream,

Verdi's Macbetto, Otello, and Falstaff.

~      ~      ~

8/29/16

7. Derivations

The words carnival, incarnation, and carnivore come from the Latin carnem. Does that tell you what carnem means?

~       ~   ~ ~ ~ ~ ~    ~     ~

 

9/26/16

 

Weird English:

 

You can take a breath, refuge, a nap, advice, and many other invisible things. 

 

Many things can be given for free and enjoyed without taking up space: a compliment, directions, assistance, a pat on the back, etc.

But if you give somebody a kiss, she (or he) may claim you stole it.

 

~~~~~~~  

 

10/10

 

What acronyms did you come up with?

 

ASAP: I'm not going to research how long we have been using ASAP because I have things that should be done as soon as possible.

 

NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The US government formed it on July 29th 1958. The beginning of the manned space travel is more memorable.

 

My great grandmother was a staunch member of the WCTU: Women's Christian Temperance Union. I've heard she was displeased even by jokes about drunkenness.

 

POSH, port out starboard home, comes from the wealthy English requesting a room on the shady side of ship between England and India.

 

RSVP,  Répondez s'il vous plait, for responding to an invitation has been with us for much of the thousand years since William the Conqueror landed in England speaking French. 

 

Unless you introduce me to something older, I will award the prize to—

SPQR, Senātus Populusque Rōmānus ,which announced that Roman legions were conquering in the name of the Senate and People of Rome. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

Many animal babies have names with short vowel sounds. Can you think of one for each?

Fawn has a broad A so it doesn't qualify, but elver and fingerling do. 

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

Mangling a quotation can become a game.

"Old soldiers never die; they just fade away."              

 

Becomes for example

Old vintners never die; they just get deported.

 

Here are two lists to match up.

 

Old  ________________never die;                      they just get _____________.

 

 

Electricians                                      deranged

Traffic cops                                       departed

Politicians                                         debated

Furnace men                                    defiled

Mustangs                                           devoted

Fishermen                                         divested                    

Hairdressers                                     deducted

Office assistants                               defined

Tailors                                               debunked

Camp counselors                             detoured

Podiatrists                                        delighted

Travel guides                                    defeated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do these cities have in common? Checking a map is recommended.

 

Seattle

Coeur d'Alene

Provo

Duluth

New Orleans 

Chicago

Cleveland

Buffalo

Rochester

 

Four Letters Reused

 

Each pair of definitions is for two words with the same four letters. 

For example:   The rubber that meets the road.

                          A theater seating level.

                                           Tire and tier

 

Here are seven for you:

1.        The button on the screen for launching a message.

            Good places to hibernate.

 

2.        A dish of meat, gravy, and vegetables.

            The Pacific coast.

 

3.        A cloth that was not woven.

            When something is not taken along.

 

4.        Shaped like an LP.

            To slide on a slippery spot.

 

5.        'Manmade' salt water.

            To decide on the value of something.

 

6.        What you probably see around a castle.

            What is everywhere but to small to see at all.

 

7.        A place to store papers.

            The experience that starts with birth.

 

 

 

Between the name of the category and the example listed, there is at least one other member of the category. What can you think of?

Between Hogwarts and Filch, I found nine human characters, including Harry Potter himself,  and two birds.

 

Here are some categories:

Fish                                        Dances                                         Denominations

gar                                         gavotte                                          Baptist

 

Drinks                                   Reptiles                                         European Countries

gin                                         water moccasin                            Holland

 

*        *             *         *

What word goes with all five of these? Either word may come first.

 

1.

Duct

Fresh

Mattress

Line

Quality

 

2.

News

Plate

Crepe

Wall

doll

 

Here are definitions for some hink-pinks:

What does the U.S. post office deliver?

Maybe this would be a good color for writing an invitation to a baby shower.

What will the pastry become if it sits out too long?

What would hundred excellent marching musicians be?

For the event, what does each graduate wear?

Surely golfers enjoy scanning one of these.

What might a very messy hike be?

 

How about some hinky-pinkies?

What kind of pal do you have after one of those messy hikes?

You might have to even up the legs on a piece of furniture to get one.

What  would a street fight need to be to avoid police notice?

A table knife that is useless on meat must be one of these.

What is the account of a battle sure to be?

 

 

 

How many?    A couple of these could use a bit of reorganizing.

Mix

Live

exit

Vole

Vivid

Claxon

Civil

 

 

 

 

10/3/16

 

ROFL  came along with social media. But we have been using initial letters to represent words for centuries. There was a radio ad in the 1940's LSMFT which stood for 'lucky strike means fine tobacco.'  Little as I value the product, I have remembered the letters for over sixty years.  What is the oldest example you can think of? 

 

 

 

 

 

9-12

English is so weird!

 

What are some things you can take all day without adding to your load or depriving anyone else?

 

If you give one of these, the recipient may accuse you of stealing it.

 

 

 

 

Names

 

 

 

 

9/6

Because I name at least one new fictional character per book, I use Name Your Baby a lot. I want names that are unusual but based on old English.  Can you pair up these old names with their sources?

 

Demetria

Bowie

Norton

Aselma

Leona

Leland

Onawa

Wolfgang

Old Norse         divine helmet (protection)

French       lion

Native America         wide awake one

Irish Gaelic        Buidhe—yellow haired

Old German     advancing wolf

Old English       from the north estate or town

Greek  belonging to Demeter, god of fertility

French       from the meadow land

 

 

 

[based on Lareina Rule's Name Your Baby.]

 

 

9-1-16                                                                                   States

 

I  learned the states from a jig-saw puzzle. That is probably why I see these as a set. Can You?

 

Oregon

Idaho

Arkansas

Wyoming

Colorado

New Hampshire

North Dakota

Utah

Kansas

Minnesota

Tennessee

Virginia

Pennsylvania

 

7/14/16

Can you arrange these words to make a pattern of related rows both across and down?

whither        here               hither            thence           whence        there             where           hence                        thither         

Does that make an ancient Saxon arrangement? Do 'what', 'this', and 'that' also fit?

 

~         ~         ~

8/29/16                                                                                            

Invented Movie Titles

On Says You they played a game where you change just one letter in a movie title to name an imagined movie. For example an epic about capturing the sweepstakes-winning horse could be How the Best Was Won.  

What would the title be of a caper movie about a felony on a fur farm?

A woman goes to a different country to teach German diction for a production of Wagner's operatic epic.

There is adventure in becoming a chef.

What title shall we crib for a show about a large, diverse, and arrogant family. 

 

~      ~      ~

 

 

8/29/16

2. Sports List

curling, steeple chase, tug-o-war, archery, skeet shooting, wrestling, calf roping, jousting, hockey, and pitching horseshoes

~      ~      ~

8/29/16

3.  Some Contemporaries

What was the strange coincidence of Louis XI of France and Edward IV of England? If you broaden the definition, you can include James III of Scotland. 

~      ~      ~

8/29/16

5.  First Words

My home is in a suburb. Maybe this little fiction will tell you what city it is nearest.

Mom: The baby just said his first words!

Grandmother: He said 'Mama?'

Mom: No—he said, 'Go Seahawks.'

~      ~      ~

 

 

8/29/16

6.  What makes these operas a list?

Barber's Anthony and Cleopatra,

Bellini's I Capuletti Ed I Montecchi,

Vaughn Williams's Sir John in Love,

Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream,

Verdi's Macbetto, Otello, and Falstaff.

~      ~      ~

8/29/16

7. Derivations

The words carnival, incarnation, and carnivore come from the Latin carnem. Does that tell you what carnem means?

~       ~   ~ ~ ~ ~ ~    ~     ~

 

9/26/16

 

Weird English:

 

You can take a breath, refuge, a nap, advice, and many other invisible things. 

 

Many things can be given for free and enjoyed without taking up space: a compliment, directions, assistance, a pat on the back, etc.

But if you give somebody a kiss, she (or he) may claim you stole it.

 

~~~~~~~  

 

10/10

 

What acronyms did you come up with?

 

ASAP: I'm not going to research how long we have been using ASAP because I have things that should be done as soon as possible.

 

NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The US government formed it on July 29th 1958. The beginning of the manned space travel is more memorable.

 

My great grandmother was a staunch member of the WCTU: Women's Christian Temperance Union. I've heard she was displeased even by jokes about drunkenness.

 

POSH, port out starboard home, comes from the wealthy English requesting a room on the shady side of ship between England and India.

 

RSVP,  Répondez s'il vous plait, for responding to an invitation has been with us for much of the thousand years since William the Conqueror landed in England speaking French. 

 

Unless you introduce me to something older, I will award the prize to—

SPQR, Senātus Populusque Rōmānus ,which announced that Roman legions were conquering in the name of the Senate and People of Rome. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

Answers:

 

 

 

9-1-16                                                                                        States

 

Straight south borders make puzzle pieces for these states stable right side up. Many pieces, including Texas, Florida, and Wisconsin, are hopelessly unstable.

 

 

7/14/16                                                            1. Pronouns

 

 Question                   close or coming                  far or going

Where                        here                                        there

Whither                     hither                                     thither

Whence                     hence                                     thence

 

Isn't this an interesting exploration in word development?

 

 

~      ~      ~

 

 

8/29/16                                        2.     Invented Movie Titles

 

On Says You they played a game where you change just one letter in a movie title to name an imagined movie. For example an epic about capturing the sweepstakes-winning horse could be How the Best Was Won.  

What would the title be of a caper movie about a felony on a fur farm?

A woman goes to a different country to teach German diction for a production of Wagner's operatic epic.

There is adventure in becoming a chef.

What title shall we crib for a show about a large, diverse, and arrogant family. 

 

~      ~      ~

 

 

8/29/16

3. Sports List

curling, steeple chase, tug-o-war, archery, skeet shooting, wrestling, calf roping, jousting, hockey, and pitching horseshoes

~      ~      ~

 

 

8/29/16

4.  Some Contemporaries

What was the strange coincidence of Louis XI of France and Edward IV of England? If you broaden the definition, you can include James III of Scotland. 

~      ~      ~

 

 

8/29/16

5.  First Words

My home is in a suburb. Maybe this little fiction will tell you what city it is nearest.

Mom: The baby just said his first words!

Grandmother: He said 'Mama?'

Mom: No—he said, 'Go Seahawks.'

~      ~      ~

 

 

8/29/16

6.  What makes these operas a list?

Barber's Anthony and Cleopatra,

Bellini's I Capuletti Ed I Montecchi,

Vaughn Williams's Sir John in Love,

Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream,

Verdi's Macbetto, Otello, and Falstaff.

~      ~      ~

 

 

8/29/16

7. Derivations

The words carnival, incarnation, and carnivore come from the Latin carnem. Does that tell you what carnem means?

 

10/19

 

How many?

 

Mix    1009

Live      54

Exit     11

Vile     6 - 50  or by rearranging 56

Vivid   6 – 6 – 500 or ?

Claxon  160

Civil       104 –50-1 or by rearranging 157

9/12

 

All sorted out:

Demetria         Greek    belonging to Demeter, god of fertility

Bowie              Irish Gaelic        Buidhe—yellow haired

Norton            Old English       from the north estate or town

Aselma            Old Norse         divine helmet (protection)

Leona              French       lion

Leland             French       from the meadow land

Onawa            Native America         wide awake one

Wolfgang        Old German     advancing wolf

 

         Some hink-pinks:

What does the U.S. post office deliver? Snail mail

Maybe this is a good color for writing an invitation to a baby shower. Pink ink

What will the pastry become if it sits out too long? Dry pie

What would a hundred excellent marching musicians be? Grand band

For the event, what does each graduate wear? Flat hat

Surely golfers enjoy scanning one of these. Clean, keen, or mean green

What might a very messy hike be? Swamp stomp

 

How about some hinky-pinkies?          

What kind of pal do you have after one of those messy hikes? Muddy buddy

You might have to even up the legs on a piece of furniture to get one. Stable table

What  would a street fight need to be to avoid police notice? Quiet riot

A table knife that is useless on meat must be one of these.  Butter cutter

What is the account of a battle sure to be? Gory story

 

Word Combinations

1.       

Air duct

Fresh air

Air mattress

Airline

Air quality

 

2.

Newspaper

Paper plate

Crepe paper

Wallpaper

Paper doll

 

     Some items in the  categories:

fish                                         dances                                               denominations

flounder                               fandango                                          Congregational

flying fish                             flamenco                                          Catholic

gar                                         gavotte                                              Baptist

 

drinks                                    reptiles                                    European Countries

eggnog                                 salamander                                    France

fruit juice                             turtle                                               Germany

gin                                        water moccasin                              Holland

 

 

 

Here are seven answers for you:

1.        The button on the screen for launching a message.

            Good places to hibernate.

                                    Send,  dens

 

2.        A dish of meat, gravy, and vegetables.

            The Pacific coast.

                                    Stew,  west

 

3.        A cloth that was not woven.

            When something is not taken along.

                                    Felt,  left

 

4.        Shaped like an LP.

            To slide on a slippery spot.

                                    Disk,  skid

 

5.        'Manmade' salt water.

            To decide on the value of something.

                                    Tear,  rate

 

6.        What you probably see around a castle.

            What is everywhere but too small to see at all.

                                    Moat,  atom

 

7.        A place to store papers.

            The time period that starts with birth.

                                    File,  life

 

12/5/16  These cities are all next to large lakes. 

 

 

Old  electricians never die;  they just get delighted.

Old  traffic cops never die;  they just get defined.        

Old  politicians never die;  they just get devoted.        

Old  furnace men never die;  they just get deducted.

Old  mustangs never die;  they just get   deranged.

Old  fishermen never die;  they just get debated.         

Old  hairdressers never die;  they just get departed.

Old  office assistants never die;  they just get defiled.

Old  tailors never die;  they just get divested.

Old  camp counselors never die;  they just get debunked.

Old  podiatrists never die;  they just get defeated.

Old  travel guides never die;  they just get detoured.   

 

12/19/16

 

Some names for baby animals:

 

Calf

Lamb  

Caterpillar

 

Nestling         (songbird)

Elver              (eel)

Cygnet           (swan)

 

Kitten

Chick

Kid                  (goat)

Kit                   (fox)

Piglet

Filly                (horse)

Fingerling     (fish)

 

Gosling

Pollywog       (frog)

 

Puppy

Bunny

Cub

Duckling

 

 

Here are three sets of three. 

 

seam & rain    =        steam train                    

fist   & pat        =        first part

bass & till         =         brass trill

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to & tons          =        two  towns               

harp & chin     =        sharp chins 

I've  & round   =        give ground

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sill & soil         =        spill spoil                      letters W, P, and H will make these changes.

sip & sore       =        ship  shore

sing & say       =        swing sway  (Sting  stay and string  stray are less connected.)

 

 

More hinky pinkies.

  1. What might you call a large spyglass? super snooper
  2. Why did the Methodists got out of church sooner than the Presbyterians? faster pastor
  3. What is one minor risk in cutting a Christmas tree?  winter splinter
  4. What might a curved blade for cutting cucumber vines be called?  pickle sickle
  5. What is Curious George?   spunky monkey
  6. How did the fit and happy ship captain describe himself?   chipper skipper
  7. Why was that guy the last to finish weeding?  slower hoer
  8. How do you prepare some boxes for the postman to pick up?  packing and stacking

 

1/23/17       Opposites 

 

1. Take care, instead of doing risky things.                   Take risks, I dare  you!

2. To begin, I will skim over the material touching every point in the book.  

3. Today we will skip chapter 5 and explore chapter 6.

4. As you see, doc, the wound  is on my left arm, but the right arm is sound.

5. The driver claimed he could skim over the snowy road and never skid  into the ditch.

Here are some longer ones:

6. My sainted  aunt, we were so proud of, turned out to have a tainted  youth after all.

7. The people on one side of the street came to protest against the law. The people on the other side love the law and want to protect  it. 

 

1/26/17

Spelling in English is anything but consistent. There are sets of four rhyming words with endings that are spelled in four different ways. I have 'capture' half a dozen. What can you find?

 

My collection:

 

High          cheese         from          beer         hair         half         slow        four

Sky             breeze        sum            here         fare         graph     toe           door

Buy            frees            some          near         tear         staff       dough     shore

Tie              please        crumb        pier          heir         laugh     so             nor

                                                                                     

 

Hinky pinkies 

  1. Table              stable
  2. Shopping       topping
  3. Poppy             floppy
  4. Battle             cattle
  5. Ready             teddy
  6. Silly                chilly
  7. Knuckle         buckle
  8. Ever                clever

 

Pairs

1. flat flat

2. rose rose

3. fries fries

4. ball ball

5. paper paper

6. space space

7. pool pool

8. green green

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